What Indians searched on Internet in 2012? [Google Zeitgeist]


The annual Google Zeitgeist is out, and it gives a glimpse of what was being searched on the Internet by Indians and people across the globe.  This really gives insights into what really internet is looked upon as…India in 2012, did not really have any extra-ordinary events that got searched globally because not a single one made it to 2012’s biggest moments in the world.

2012 google searches

Lets look at what Indians searched!


Most Trending Searches

Did you know that Banking Jobs are still one of the most popular jobs in India. IBPS or the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection was the most trending search on Google. GATE exams came in 2nd and 3rd most search phrase was Sunny Leone! Interestingly, Aakash Tablet was one of the Top 10 trending searches in 2012.

  1. IBPS
  2. Gate Exams
  3. Sunny Leone
  4. Ek Tha Tiger
  5. Rowdy Rathore
  6. Cbse
  7. Rajesh Khanna
  8. Aakash Tablet
  9. Hdfc
  10. Jabong

People searched by Indians

This list is always interesting because it is not the most popular people (in traditional sense) who make to this list, but it is basically people who create sensation. And one thing holds true…always. Skin show remains popular with Indian netizens. How else will you reason the fact that among all other celebrities and famous Indians, Sunny Leone topped the Indian trending people charts. Another similar personality, Poonam Pandey was 3rd most searched person among Indians. Last year she was placed 2nd just after Anna Hazare.

Indians also turn to internet for details when a famous personality dies and we have 3 this year – Rajesh Khanna, Yash Chopra and Vilasrao Deshmukh making up the top 10 list.

Sunny Leone

  1. Sunny Leone
  2. Rajesh Khanna
  3. Poonam Pandey
  4. Alia Bhatt
  5. Nirmal Baba
  6. Sherlyn Chopra
  7. Yash Chopra
  8. Saif Ali Khan
  9. Diana Penty
  10. Vilasrao Deshmukh

Most Searched Movies by Indians

Salman Khan is surely be termed as Bollywood King – his movie has topped the chart 2 years in a row. Last year his “Bodyguard” was the most searched movie and this year it is “Ek Tha Tiger” and both of them have made roaring business, probably ranking them amongst the Top 10 most successful movies of all time.


  1. Ek Tha Tiger
  2. Rowdy Rathore
  3. Jannat 2
  4. Housefull 2
  5. Raaz 3
  6. Jism 2
  7. Barfi
  8. Ishaqzaade
  9. Agent Vinod
  10. Vicky Donor

Most Trending Destinations in India

Kerala is the most searched travel destination in India. This is quite interesting because, it has beaten Taj Mahal, one of most known destinations globally! Wagah Border, the place that is on the periphery of Indian and Pakistan is the 3rd most searched destination. It probably is not a place where too many Tourists would venture to, but it still remain popular in searches.


  1. Kerala
  2. Taj Mahal
  3. Wagah Border
  4. Vaishno Devi
  5. Amarnath
  6. Kashmir
  7. Shirdi
  8. Rameshwaram Temple
  9. Munnar
  10. Gateway Of India

Here are some of the other popular categories for searches and their rankings:

Most Searched Cities

Most Searched Local places in India

Most Searched News

  1. Delhi
  2. Bangalore
  3. Mumbai
  4. Chennai
  5. Pune
  6. Hyderabad
  7. Coimbatore
  8. Kolkata
  9. Jaipur
  10. Goa
  1. Yamuna Expressway, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
  2. Freedom Park Bangalore
  3. IBM
  4. IIT Bombay
  5. Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
  6. Ramlila Ground Delhi
  7. Delhi Zoo
  8. Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  9. IIT Madras
  10. Itpl, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  1. Sensex
  2. Vilasrao Deshmukh Death
  3. Hurricane Sandy
  4. Anna Hazare
  5. Aseem Trivedi Cartoons
  6. Abhishek Manu Singhvi
  7. Kingfisher Airlines
  8. Earthquake In Chennai
  9. Pranab Mukharjee President
  10. Rajesh Khanna Death

What did the World Search for in 2012

Here is an excellent video released by Google putting together all the most popular events that were searched on Google. Do make it point to watch and relive some of the most popular events of 2012.

Now place your bets for 2013 :)

[Checkout the Complete Google Zeitgeist]

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